Crochet mandalas are very popular . It’s the colours peole use and then the visual impact. Great way to use up oddments, spend a happy rainy afternoon or have an on the go project which fills in small amounts of time when you want a break from bigger things. Mandalas look different in home spun wool or yarn. The pattern definition is not as stark and it will look more like a watercolour. Commercial yarn is very even and doesn’t have the texture. You use what you want to create the visual effect which suits your project. They can be framed, used as cushions or bags. They can go on the back of jackets or be grown into blankets or table covers. They are pleasing to the eye and this mandala is a good way to start.
Janette has a nice tradition of making a warm, handspun crochet blanket for each of her grandchildren on one of their birthdays. This one is for a granddaughter. It is warm, soft, cosy and the very thing to keep you all snuggly. It’s made from merino wool in rainbow colours and looks very effective.
There are some great, free patterns for all sorts of crochet blankets of varying sizes on lovecrochet…something for everyone in the family.
We’ve decided there can never be enough fingerless gloves in winter. The ideas just keep coming and there is no end to the variety of fingerless gloves we can create. We value them so much we want to create the nicest and most stylish fingerless gloves ever. They are rewarding small projects, use up oddments, offer an opportunity to try out new yarn, yarn combinations and stitches. On top of that , they keep our busy hands warm without hampering our productivity.
Maria made Margaret a pair of fingerless gloves from dark blue homespun wool. She has then used colourful scraps of other wool to make a pattern. Maria , though, has a refined sense of visual appeal and a good sense of humour. When you roll the gloves together the little ends she has left on the inside stick out and make the gloves look like sea creatures. It’s a great visual effect from someone who thinks of the visual details in anything she creates.
Margaret is knitting some lovely blue double rib gloves from a graph pattern and the slant on the rib gives them a snug and very stylish fit. She is using acrylic to practice the pattern to see how it all looks but it makes these gloves easy care and machine washable.
Margaret is also upcycling some yarn she had used to make something else but the moths had got to it and so she has unpicked that project and is reusing the good yarn to make some lovely, colourful knitted fingerless gloves. Fine yarn makes fingerless gloves have a different look from the thicker yarns. They also fit more closely on your hand and provide the warmth without any encumbrance.
There is a nice free pattern by Kathy North for double rib fingerless gloves on Ravelry .
In a week’s time it’s our AGM and so our chicken challenge. We need to be thinking chicken and get our chicken doorstops ready for the challenge. Some have already done theirs. Others will be away and not there and then there will be those who do the last minute dash because they like the adrenalin rush. The chickens in the video will never make a doorstop but they are cute anyway and could form part of a display or be little friends for people. Grandmotherspatternbook has a lot of chicken ideas for all sorts of things and so is a good resource and a good place to go to think chickens! If you like fair isle knitting, there is a lovely knitted chicken on masondiscksonknitting blog.